A new study may offer new hope for those awaiting a kidney transplant after researchers found that even incompatible kidneys from living donors can be successfully transplanted when the recipient's immune system is desensitized, according to The New York Times.
The findings of the study published March 9 are also offering hope that living-donor transplants of lungs and livers can have the same success as what's been seen in this study of patients who'd recently had a kidney transplant. At least 100,000 in the U.S. are on the waiting list for a new kidney, The New York Times reports.
The new desensitization procedure is done shortly before a patient receives a kidney from a live donor, and involves filtering the blood of old antibodies and infusing it with new antibodies. It has been shown to cut the risk that the patient's body will reject the new kidney, The New York Times says.
This new process is considered life saving by doctors, including officials with the National Kidney Foundation, The New York Times reports.
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